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In This Issue
Book Of The Week
Guests & Visitors
Speakers At-a-Glance
Officers of the Club
President's Corner
Speaker's Corner
'Round the Room
The Four-Way Test:
In everything that we think, say or do:  
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?



Rotary Networking Resources
District 6900 has created this resource to help Rotarians in our district find employment. To find out more visit the district web site and look for Career Networking.

Decatur Rotary is now on Facebook.  Check out the page for updates and become a fan. View the Decatur Rotary Facebook Page here.

Decatur Rotary is now onl LinkedIn. Check our page for updates and to join our group. View the Decatur Rotary LinkedIn Group here. 
Link to the most recent District 6900 Newsletter:
District Newsletter

Book Of
The Week
There was no book of the week.

Guests & Visitors


James Brewer-Calvert

gave the invocation.





Greg Lohmeier,

attorney, guest of

Dan Coursey


Joy Smith,

 law student,

guest of Bill Harrison


Jolie Maxwell,

SunTrust Bank,

guest of

Kirby Thompson 




Guest of the Club


Debbie Webb,

Jekyll Island Authority













At A Glance
April 1, 2011:
Rev. Pam Driesell, Senior Pastor, Trinity Church
April 8, 2011:
Dr. Thomas Long, Candler School of Technology
April 15, 2011:
Jay E. Berkelhamer, MD
Atlanta, GA,  Pediatrician


Officers of the Decatur Rotary Club:


C.J. Becker

Jason Conn

Past President:
Bryan Downs
Betty Spiker

John Bennett

Sergeant-at-Arms: Doug Torbush

District Governor:
Casey Farmer


March 2:
Bill Jackson 
March 6:
Terri Candler

March 14:
Rhonda Davidson

March 17:
Lyn Menne

March 17:
Henry Wall

March 23:
Fred Turner

March 26:
Bryan Downs
March 30, 2011


Did you know......


District 6900 responded to the disaster in Japan by donating $5,000 from the District Grant monies afforded to us by The Rotary Foundation for disaster relief.


Please visit the District web site to learn more about Rotary's Disaster Relief Fund.




John Drake, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate


 President's Corner
pres 03-25-11
 President C.J. called the meeting to order.


C. Jones Hooks 
Intro 03-25-11

Kirby Thompson introduced speaker Jones Hooks, executive director of the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA)since 2008 ( With 162 full-time personnel and 160 part-time employees, the JIA is responsible for providing services, programs, and amenities that maximize benefits to Jekyll Island visitors and residents.


Purchased in 1947 from the Jekyll Island Club for $675,000, the island "is your island -- owned by the people of Georgia" and no funds are budgeted for its operation by the State of Georgia, according to Mr. Hooks.  "Jekyll Island operates as a small city with an annual budget of  approximately $16 million, and it is required by law to be financially self-sustaining," he said.  


The Jekyll Island Revitalization project resulted from the realization that the island and its facilities had been neglected and were derelict.  More than 70 groups that had met there previously, such as Rotary District 6900, were holding their conferences and meetings elsewhere. 


All beach front motels and hotels were razed, new design and environmental guidelines were established, and redevelopment of existing footprints -- for both buildings and green spaces -- began.  A Hampton Inn was built on the footprint that had formerly been the Holiday Inn.  Opening in January 2010, this was the first new lodging built on the island in 30 years.  The new Great Dunes Park opened in September 2010, and demolition on the old convention center began the following month.  That demolition has just been completed, and the new center will open in the summer of 2012 with the first convention scheduled there in September 2012.  Meanwhile, the former J.P. Morgan tennis center (built in 1929) in the "Millionaires' Village" has been repurposed as a temporary convention center.  The inaugural meeting at that facility took place in November 2010, and the group was the Federal Reserve, which had been founded on Jekyll Island 100 years earlier.


The Authority adheres to a strict formula which prescribes that 35 percent of the island may be built out and developed as green space and 65 percent must remain undeveloped.  Structures must be built in such a way as to minimize environmental impact and to be "green" (LEED certified), and conservation of natural resources is a major component of the revitalization plan.  An example of the latter -- an impressive 34 live oak trees have been transplanted.


Mr. Hooks admits that the economy continues to be problematic, with hotel and retail development "very tenuous at this time," but the future of Jekyll Island is overall very promising.


Hooks 03-25-11


   Speaker Photo:  C. Jones Hooks



On behalf of the Speaker, the book Splendid Isolation: the Jekyll Island Millionaires' Club, 1888-1942 by Pamela Bauer Mueller, was donated to the DeKalb County Library System.

The meeting was adjourned.

Reported by Susan Cobleigh
Photography by Mark Burnette 


'Round the Room...

Presentation 03-25-11 
President C.J. presents book in Mr. Hooks' honor.



  Alan Dishman and Earl Tveit catch up. 




Jim Phillips, Dennis Byerly and Susan Cobleigh visit after the meeting







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